Daegu Symphony Orchestra with half century of history (founded in June 1964) has been providing a wide range of music world by trying various repertories passing through ages and experimental stages as new projects. Recently, they are performing popular music that is considered as masterpieces among the classical music, and also talented member of Daegu Symphony Orchestra presents performances with promising and young accompanied performers.
Daegu Symphony Orchestra holds ‘subscription concert’, various ‘project concerts’, and ‘visiting concerts’ annually to expand the base of classical music, and they relieve the cultural thirst of citizen. Also, they are leading in hunting and promoting the rising star of classical music by planning and holding the ‘Night of Youth Concerto’ and ‘Night of University Student Concerto.’
In March 2010, Daegu Symphony Orchestra successfully completed the first overseas concert held in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan for the promotion of ‘International Amateur Athletic Federation(IAAF) World Championships Daegu 2011’, and also they are invited to the national tour concert and ‘Symphony Festival’ held in Seoul Arts Center, etc. Daegu Symphony Orchestra is being considered as one of the best symphony orchestra in Korea. Moreover, in October 2011, they were officially invited to “Asia Orchestra Week 2011” held in Tokyo, Japan as a Korean representative, and received acclamations and applauses after giving an opening performance.
Just like the masterful elders, Daegu Symphony Orchestra accepted Julian Kovatchev, a world class conductor, as a music director and conductor in April 2014 and raising themselves into the world class orchestra with his substantial and balanced performance and earnest study. With the beautiful harmony of talented members and conductor, they are planning to present high-class classical music to the audiences.
Julian Kovatchev studied violin and at the age of five he made his first public concert. After his first music studies in Sofia the family moved to Germany, near Salzburg, where he studied with Franz Samohyl at the Mozarteum and got his degree in 1973.
He won a scholarship of the Karajan-Stiftung and moved to Berlin, studying orchestra conduction with Herbert Ahlendorf and Herbert von Karajan. Between 1975 and 1980 he made a great experience with the Berliner Philharmoniker, with the legendary violins of M. Schwalbé, T. Brandis and L. Spierei.
He was awarded by Karajan during the last edition of the prestigious contest organized by himself in 1984. In 1985 he made his debut at the Teatro Verdi of Trieste with Jenufa of Janàcek and appeared regularly on the major Italian theatres and orchestras such as Teatro alla Scala, San Carlo in Naples, Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and Teatro Comunale in Cagliari.
He has been Music Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Sofia, Guest Director of the Symphonic Orchestra of Zagreb and Principal Guest Director at Teatro Verdi di Trieste.
He is often a guest of Orchestra Sinfonica “Arturo Toscanini” in Parma, Orchestra Nazionale della Rai in Turin, Orchestra Sinfonica “Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan; abroad he conducted the Radio Orchestra of Köln, the Suisse Romande Orchestra in Geneva, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Radio of Prague and the KBS in Seul.
He opened the Ravenna Festival with I Capuleti e Montecchi of Vincenzo Bellini, obtaining great reviews from public and critics.
He conducted Capuleti e Montecchi at Carlo Felice in Genoa, Carmen, La sposa venduta and Rake’s progress at Teatro Verdi in Trieste, I dialoghi delle Carmelitane in Seville, Trovatore in Stuttgart and in Ravenna, Ballo in maschera in Verona, concerts with Orchestra del San Carlo in Naples and with Maestro Uto Ughi, a new production of Orfeo and Euridice in Naples, and obtained a big success with Rigoletto in Toronto.
He also conducted Alcina, Trovatore and Madama Butterfly in Stuttgart and in Genoa, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci in Piacenza, La Forza del Destino in Piacenza, La Boheme at Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci and La Traviata at Arena di Verona, Carmen in Savona, La Vedova allegra in Bari, Nabucco at Arena di Verona, La Boheme in Seoul, Werther in Sassari, Norma in Reggio Calabria and Trieste, Tosca in Frankfurt, La Boheme in Toronto, Carmen at Arena di Verona, La Vedova allegra and Romeo et Juliette in Trieste.
At the same time, Julian Kovatchev has a wide symphonic activity: concerts in Trieste, Bologna, Verona, at San Carlo in Naples, at Carlo Felice in Genoa, in Zagreb, with Sicilian Symphony Orchestra, Rome Symphony Orchestra, Toscanini Orchestra in Parma, as well as with the prestigious KBS in Seoul. Furthermore, he was invited at the prestigious Festival del Sole in Cortona with Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and he conducted Orchestra Regionale della Toscana in a series of concerts.
He obtained a great success conducting Madama Butterfly in San Francisco, La vedova allegra at Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Tosca in Frankfurt, Lucia di Lammermoor in Trieste, Nabucco at Arena di Verona, Madama Butterfly in Cagliari, and recently Tosca in Dresden, I Pagliacci at Filarmonico in Verona, concerts in Catania and Ankara, Madama Butterfly in Seattle, Carmen at Arena di Verona, Tosca in Dresden and in Lucca, symphonic concerts in Prague and Cagliari, La Traviata and La Bohème in Dresden, Falstaff in Seoul.